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Well, I can safely say I never thought I’d be writing about how to stay calm during a pandemic. But here we are. The world has been struck with a global pandemic and it is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in our lifetime. I’m not going to downplay the severity of COVID-19. It’s straight up a full-on disaster. But stressing out and worrying about it does nothing. As long as you’re at home, you’re safe. So let’s all take a second to take a deep breath and remain calm.
I’ve found myself freaking out, crying, and downing wine more than once during the past few weeks – you’re not alone! Through it all though, I’ve found a few tips that help me.
How to Stay Calm During a Pandemic
1. Stop drinking
This is the number one tip, and I know it’s easier said than done. Trust me. But alcohol is not doing anything to help the situation. Just because you’re not going to work doesn’t mean it’s a free for all and you can drink tequila every night. Instead of alcohol, drink a calming tea. Bonus points if it has CBD in it. If you’re not quite ready to go cold turkey, try GT’s Classic Gold line kombucha (aka healthy!) with 3% alcohol. It’s a low percentage, so you won’t get hammered and feel horrible the next day. For the wine lovers, they have New World Noir, for my beer babes is Heavenly Hops, and then if you’re really trying to go all out and pretend you’re on a tropical vacation, try the Piña Paradise.
Read more about my personal experience with kombucha here.
2. Turn off the news
Obviously it’s very important to be aware of what’s going on in our world, but try this for just one day. Keep the TV off, take a break from news sites, and just kind of get coronavirus out of your head. Doing this for one day a week can make a world of difference. Seriously, just pretend like it’s a regular day. You get to work from the comfort of your own home, have some quality family (or alone!) time, and just take it easy. Sounds great if you ask me!
3. Pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill
Ever wanted to learn something but never had the time? Now is your chance! One easy thing that comes to mind is cooking/baking. Challenge yourself to cook one thing without following a recipe. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas. If you need to check on things like what temperature to cook things at or for how long, then do that, but try to get creative and make something delicious from nothing.
I made this Hashbrown Quiche Bake recently. So yummy!
4. Go outside
Just because we can’t go in public doesn’t mean we can’t go outside. A little vitamin D will do the body (and mind!) good! Ryan and I have been going on daily walks around our neighborhood – while maintaining a 6-foot distance from anyone else we come across, of course. We live right next to a park, so it’s also great to walk there with a blanket and stop to chill outside for a bit. Another idea Ryan’s sister had is to drive up to the mountains and go hiking up there. Since the trails are likely to be even less crowded than the streets here in the city, we probably won’t even come across anyone, especially during the week!
5. Try CBD
If you haven’t gotten on the CBD train yet, you need to give it a shot. I am not a stoner. In fact, I don’t like smoking or eating edibles at all as being high is not fun for me. So I was a little worried when trying CBD. The truth is, you get all the pros of hemp without the side effect of being high. It’s a perfect win-win for someone like me. CBD can help you concentrate, de-stress, and just feel more at ease in general. I’ve been using Canna River and it’s been my favorite brand so far – use code lushtoblush for 20% off!
6. Get social online
We are so lucky to live in a time where we can be connected with the world from our home. Netflix Party had a shining moment a few weeks ago, but in addition to that, there’s Facetime, Zoom, social media, and so much more. Engage with content, read blogs, and talk with your friends by taking advantage of the technology available to us today!
7. Support a small business
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, all the funding that was supposed to go to small businesses has been completely depleted by brands like Shake Shack (who did give it back apparently, amazing!) and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, so true small business owners are really suffering right now. If you’ve got the funds or need some basic items, I’d encourage you to support a small or local business. Not only will you be helping someone out during this rough time, but it will make you feel better to know that you’re supporting real people instead of large corporations.
Check out my list of businesses that are giving back during this time.
8. Use a weighted blanket
A weighted blanket is basically like a warm, cozy hug. The light pressure of the weight activates a natural calming response in the body and helps you feel relaxed and at ease. It’s recommended that you get a blanket about 10% of your body weight. Check out some recommendations below!
This is what has worked for me, though I admit I do have my moments. I’m always looking for tips and ideas though, so please chime in below!
What are you doing to stay calm during the pandemic?
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.